Arsenal legend Ian Wright has backed Olivier Giroud to play a key part in the club's title challenge this season after his double in the 3-3 draw with Liverpool on Wednesday.
Speaking to BT Sport after the game, and as reported by the Star, Wright claimed Giroud is more than good enough to lead Arsenal's line for the long term because he consistently scores goals. The player has received criticism at times during his Arsenal career for not being in the "world class" bracket of strikers, but Wright believes he's worthy of his place.
He said of whether the player was right for Arsenal: "I think he is. I've always thought he was because he scores goals.
"My only problem with Olivier is the fact that can he really dig in with defenders that are trying to batter him all over the place, and he did. He did that tonight.
"He showed he could do that. If he does that with Ozil in the form that he is in, Sanchez to come back, then of course because he scores goals."
Gunners manager Arsene Wenger spoke on Giroud after the match and labelled him as "precious" to the club's cause, and stated that he dealt extremely well with the physical battle Liverpool's defenders gave him. Giroud scored one goal in each half, but could have had a hat-trick had it not been for another first half opportunity, which he failed to turn in.
Wenger said: "He had more chances but it was a positive performance overall. It was not easy for him many times and he was exposed to a very physical battle up front and had to protect the ball and fight against the centre backs at long balls. He was very precious for us."